Eight Swiss museums have joined forces to investigate the provenances of their collections from the Kingdom of Benin in Nigeria. The aim of the initiative is to create transparency and generate synergies with a view to future research and dialogue with Nigeria, the home of the works in question.
The Federal Office of Culture (FOC) supports a joint research project in 2021/2022 centring on networked and cooperative provenance research regarding holdings from the Kingdom of Benin (Nigeria) in Swiss museums. It generates synergies for provenance research and advances research networks between the museums involved as well as between Switzerland and Nigeria.
The objectives are as followed:
- Networked provenance research
- Basic research on the art trade during colonial days
- Exchange and dialogue with Nigeria
- Openness and transparency
Besides Museum Rietberg, the following seven museums are involved: Bernisches Historisches Museum, Historisches und Völkerkundemuseum St. Gallen, Musée d’ethnographie de la Ville de Genève, Musée d’ethnographie de la Ville de Neuchâtel, Museum der Kulturen Basel, Museum Schloss Burgdorf, Völkerkundemuseum der Universität Zürich.
Lead Dr. Michaela Oberhofer und Esther Tisa
Duration 1 June 2021 – 31 July 2022
Funding Federal Office of Culture
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